Anxiety – Signs and Symptoms of generalised anxiety disorder

what are the signs of generalised anxiety disorder?
what are the signs of generalised anxiety disorder?

Symptoms of generalised anxiety disorder

Generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) can affect you both physically and mentally.

How severe the symptoms are varies from person to person. Some people have only one or two symptoms, while others have many more.

You should see your GP if anxiety is affecting your daily life or is causing you distress.

Psychological symptoms of GAD

GAD can cause a change in your behaviour and the way you think and feel about things, resulting in symptoms such as:


a sense of dread

feeling constantly “on edge”

difficulty concentrating


Your symptoms may cause you to withdraw from social contact (seeing your family and friends) to avoid feelings of worry and dread.

You may also find going to work difficult and stressful, and may take time off sick. These actions can make you worry even more about yourself and increase your lack of self-esteem.

Physical symptoms of GAD

GAD can also have a number of physical symptoms, including:



a noticeably strong, fast or irregular heartbeat (palpitations)

muscle aches and tension

trembling or shaking

dry mouth

excessive sweating

shortness of breath

stomach ache

feeling sick


pins and needles

difficulty falling or staying asleep (insomnia)

Anxiety triggers

If you’re anxious because of a specific phobia or because of panic disorder, you’ll usually know what the cause is.

For example, if you have claustrophobia (fear of confined spaces), you know that being confined in a small space will trigger your anxiety.

However, if you have GAD, it may not always be clear what you’re feeling anxious about. Not knowing what triggers your anxiety can intensify it and you may start to worry that there’s no solution.

ADIE – Breaking the link between autism and anxiety

Breaking the link between autism and anxiety
Breaking the link between autism and anxiety

This morning my wife sent me a fascinating article entitled “Breaking the link between autism and anxiety”.

As our son John , a ten year old on the autism spectrum suffers from anxiety I thought I would share this brilliant article about the work of Professor Hugo Critchley who is Chair of Psychiatry at the Brighton and Sussex Medical School and his colleague Dr Sarah Garfinkel.

He shares “Could an innovative psychological therapy reduce the number of people with autism who develop an anxiety disorder?

The project

At least one in four people who live with autism are also diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. But many of those affected find that existing psychological and drug-based treatments for their anxiety have limited impact.

Professor Hugo Critchley and his team at the University of Sussex are investigating whether a new therapy – called ADIE – could provide a much-needed step forward, stopping those with autism from developing anxiety disorders in the first place”

You can read the rest of the article here

Parents of Children on the Autism Spectrum – please help with a new research project!

As you know at Patient Talk we are always very happy to help promote research into autism and ASD. A few days ago we were contacted by Elizabeth Hooks who is a doctoral intern studying School Psychology at Ball State University. Ms Hooks asked up to help her find parents of children on the spectrum to take part in a new project!

Hooks wrote “I am a doctoral intern studying school psychology at Ball State University and doing my internship at Kennedy Krieger. I was hoping you would be willing to post my dissertation recruitment flyer.

We are looking for kids with autism, ages 12-18, who have a 4th grade reading level. We are asking them to fill out a personality assessment form, which assesses for rates of anxiety and depression in neurotypical teens. We are hoping it can be used to accurately diagnose these conditions in teens with autism as well. We are offering a $15 itunes gift card and they will be entered into a raffle for 6 $100 visa gift cards.”

Ball State University - Autism Research
Ball State University – Autism Research

Liz Freeman Floyd, M.A., is a doctoral student in the School Psychology program at Ball State University. Her graduate training experience includes providing psychoeducational assessment and counseling therapy in both educational and clinical settings. Liz participated in the design and implementation of the Ball State Center for Autism Spectrum Disorder’s employment evaluation research study as a graduate research assistant and will intern with the Center during the upcoming academic year. Prior to entering graduate school, Liz served on the boards of directors of the national Autism Society, the Indiana Autism Coalition, and the Autism Society of Indiana. Following graduation she plans to provide assessment and counseling services to individuals and families living with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental differences.

Elizabeth Hooks, M.A., is a doctoral intern studying School Psychology at Ball State University. She is currently interning at the Pediatric Developmental Disorders Clinic and Neurobehavioral Outpatient Unit at the Kennedy Krieger Institute (KKI) and is working to gain licensure as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst at Ball State University as well. During her graduate training, Elizabeth gained experience working in several school districts throughout Indiana and worked as an early intervention specialist for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental disabilities. Following graduation, Elizabeth plans on providing assessment and diagnostic services for families, and behavioral (ABA) therapy to families who have children and adolescents with developmental disabilities.

David E. McIntosh, Ph.D., is the David and Joanna Meeks Distinguished Professor of Special Education at Ball State University. The author of numerous scholarly publications, Dr. McIntosh is editor-in-chief of the peer-reviewed academic journal Psychology in the Schools. He was instrumental in the creation of Ball State’s Center for Autism Spectrum Disorder, an on-campus center founded to address critical gaps in services available to the autism community through research, training, and capacity-building activities. Dr. McIntosh’s research interests include the identification, assessment, and treatment of individuals on the autism spectrum.

Strategies for dealing with fear and anxiety caused by a chronic medical condition.

Strategies for dealing with fear and anxiety caused by a chronic medical condition.

I came across this fascinating infographic just now and felt I should share it with your all.

While it as written for people with multiple sclerosis but it is very suitable for other conditions such as diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia.

Do feel free to share with anyone you feel may be interested.

Multiple Sclerosis Strategies for Coping with Fear and Anxiety

From Visually.